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His Truth Is Marching on

His Truth Is Marching on

John Lewis and the Power of Hope

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"John Lewis, who at age twenty-five marched in Selma and was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, is a visionary and a man of faith. Using intimate interviews with Lewis and his family and deep research into the history of the civil rights movement, Meacham writes of how the activist and leader was inspired by the Bible, his mother's unbreakable spirit, his sharecropper father's tireless ambition, and his teachers in nonviolence, Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther King, Jr. A believer in hope above all else, Lewis learned from a young age that nonviolence was not only a tactic but a philosophy, a biblical imperative, and a transforming reality. At the age of four, Lewis, ambitious to become a preacher, practiced by preaching to the chickens he took care of. When his mother cooked one of the chickens, the boy refused to eat it--his first act of non-violent protest. Integral to Lewis's commitment to bettering the nation was his faith in humanity and in God, and an unshakable belief in the power of hope. Meacham calls Lewis "as important to the founding of a modern and multiethnic twentieth- and twenty-first century America as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and Samuel Adams were to the initial creation of the nation-state in the eighteenth century. He did what he did--risking limb and life to bear witness for the powerless in the face of the powerful--not in spite of America, but because of America, and not in spite of religion, but because of religion"--
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781984855022
1984855026
Branch Call Number: 328.73092 L6746M
Characteristics: xii, 354 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Lewis, John 1940-2020,

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Jan 13, 2021

This is a very timely book since white supremacists are having a hayday again thanks to trump. I love John Lewis and admire him greatly, I have heard the author speak about him many times and wanted to know more about him. This book told about John Lewis as he was up until Robert Kennedy's assassination. How he believed so strongly in nonviolence that he could lead people into any violent situation if it would help them get the Black vote and further their situation in Jim Crow South.
I think this book brings up a lot for us to think about now that we are going through radical extremist racism again, we need him to help us but he did show us how.

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DBRL_ReginaF Oct 06, 2020

“He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American, without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows,“He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American, without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows,"

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